Word for the Week ~ 2/1/2021
Sunday was a great day as we started the service off with the baptism of two individuals: Vicky Ou and Angela Lin. It was great to see even more people in worship Sunday singing God’s praises along with some new faces returning back. As we continued our worship Sunday with some fantastic music and praise, it just kept getting better. It was a blessing to have Whitman Harris come forward to join the church by transfer of his membership from a sister church in town. We were so glad to have Lisa Toms come forward to join the church by the transferring of her membership from the FBC of Russellville, AR. Likewise, we were blessed to have Tom Faubion come forward for baptism as a believer. He had been baptized many years ago. In our passage from Luke, it was interesting to see how people respond so differently to the Lord’s authority over their lives. The people of Nazareth rejected Jesus’ authority and wished to eliminate Him from their lives. Consequently, they saw little in the way of blessing from His visit. The people in Capernaum, on the other hand, submitted to His authority and saw amazing wonders as Jesus taught, healed, and delivered people from their afflictions. They were astonished! This Sunday we will be continuing our series in Luke 5:1-11 as we look “An Adventure of a Life Time.” Be sure to check out the sermon outline that we will mail out on Friday at 2:00 p.m. Once again, recordings of our services can be watched online at any time through the week. Check out one of our many live feeds for watching online: Facebook Live, YouTube, or our church website at www.GroverPark.org.
Covid Update for Next Sunday: As the Leadership Committee met yesterday (made up of all of our deacons and a number of other leaders), they decided to ease some of the precautionary measures that we have been using for the last six months in church. With our active Covid case count continuing to drop in Johnson County, the Leadership Team decided first to no longer require temperature checks at the door as you enter worship. Body temperature has not proven to be the best viral indicator that it was once thought to be, so we are discontinuing it. Second, the team also decided to remove some of the Covid signage that you see when you enter the Worship Center. Some signs will still be necessary. Third, while we are all very tired of wearing masks in worship, the committee has reaffirmed that we should continue to follow the face mask mandate set by Johnson County Community Health Services. With all of the other businesses, schools, and governmental agencies in town continuing to follow the mandate, we felt that we should continue to follow the policy as well since it in no way keeps us from worshipping God. We did have an excellent discussion of the subject and will continue to review our church’s policies in the weeks ahead. We hope to see the mandate lifted soon as more and more people are getting vaccinated. Pray for an end to the pandemic!
The Farewell Reception went well Sunday afternoon for Logan Williams and his family as we shared our farewells. If you were not able to attend, feel free to drop a card by the church office and we will see to it that they get it.
The Associate Pastor Search Committee met for its first meeting Sunday afternoon and set the groundwork for moving ahead. Please pray for our committee as it continues to meet and do its work. Our next meeting is February 10th. Once again, please pray for the following people who serve on the committee: Randall Neal, Rhonda McKee, Dan Sliger, Teresa Collins, Jim Joyner, and Benjamin Kirtley.
Children’s Sunday School: As the Leadership Team met Sunday afternoon, they were excited to hear and support the commitment of the Sunday School leaders to move forward with starting Children’s Sunday School back up. The Family Sunday school Class was a wonderful class, but it did not allow parents to worship on Sunday mornings. Similar to all the rest of our classes, the new Children’s Sunday School will start out on February 28th in a large group format (grades 1-5) as we have done with all the other four adult classes that meet on Sunday mornings. The new Children’s class will meet in the Educational Center (Old Sanctuary) at 9:00 a.m., so that parents will be able to attend worship at the same time. This is not going to be Children’s Church. While that was a consideration, we believe that our first priority should be in getting Sunday School started back up and going for our children. The new class will be using the children’s Sunday School curriculum as they always do, and we will be teaching it as a regular Sunday School class. After our first Sunday back on February 28th, or so, our Sunday school leaders will evaluate the numbers attending and seek to move as soon as possible into two classes in the Children’s Center (Old Sanctuary) that will be set apart by the partitions that we have already in place. As we continue to grow, we will section off even more classes that will eventually relocate back into our original Children’s classrooms as we did prior to the pandemic. Likewise, the Nursery kids (ages 1-2) will meet in the toddler room in the extended foyer of the Worship Center, and kids 3-k5 will meet in the children’s corridor in the two long double classrooms. More information will be forthcoming. A video is being prepared for parents to see how it is all going to be worked out.
Children’s Busy Bags: For those children and families who attend worship together, we now have a special Busy Bag for all children who come and attend worship on Sunday mornings. It contains crayons, a pencil, drawing paper for sermon notes, and a color sheet. A special little “finger toy” has already become a favorite surprise item in the bag. They are located in the church foyer to the right of the information desk for you to pick up on Sundays.
The Journey Group will be meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Educational Center as Rhonda McKee, Ryan Meyer, and Matt Argotsinger continue their new series on Journey Mondays entitled, “The Struggles of Life and Godliness.”
Women’s Zoom Bible Study: Our Women’s Ministry will be continuing its new seven-week video series this Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., entitled, Take Courage: A Study of Haggai, by Jennifer Rothschild. The series will end on February 23rd. Contact Marcile Lewis at (660) 909-2614 for more information.
Women’s Retreat: The Women’s Council has set Saturday, March 6th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as the date and time for this year’s Annual Spring Retreat. This month we will be promoting and registering women to attend. The group will once again be gathering at Milestones Barn on Hwy 13 just north of Warrensburg. The conference will be led this year by Jamie Hoos and Christie Hoagland. The title and theme of the retreat is “Broken and Poured Out,” taken from a study of Luke chapter 7. Registration will begin February 8th by clicking on the Women’s Facebook page at Grover Park. You may also contact Marcile Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (660) 909-2614. See the women’s page in this month’s newsletter for more information.
Valentine’s Day: Did you know that Valentine’s Day is on Sunday this year, February 14th? Men, we are offering you a get out of the “doghouse free card” if you bring your loved one to church on Valentine’s Day. We will be giving all of our ladies a chocolate covered strawberry and two heart-shaped cookies. So, plan now to attend this fun day of worship and bring your loved one with you.
Men’s Bible Study: We will be kicking off a Men’s Bible Study beginning on Thursday night, February 18th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bryan Watson will be leading a study on the “Life of David.” The study will last for six weeks and meet every Thursday night through April 1st. Come join us! Call Greg Greer or Steve Fox for more information.
Prayer Updates: We are thankful to say that the Plummer family is doing much better after several weeks of battling the virus both in and out of the hospital. Continue to pray for John Brittain, his wife Kelly, and the children as they recover. The kids will be out of quarantine soon. Please pray for Phil Woodard who has been re-scheduled for surgery on his leg this Wednesday, February 3rd. Pray for Dave Robinson who is scheduled for a prostate biopsy February 16th. Pray for Linda Hargenrader as she continues to take a new treatment for her cancer. Pray for Victoria who is doing well in language school. Pray for Steve Easterwood who has been diagnosed with stage three esophageal cancer. Pray for Chuck Appleton who is home recovering from knee replacement surgery. He is doing well. Pray for David Reynolds as he recovers from Covid-19. He is doing much better. Continue to pray for Sharon Baum’s sister, Dawn, who is recovering from a kidney transplant surgery. Please pray for Stan Dollar’s daughter, Alisha, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Pray for Casey Johnson’s grand-daughter, Onya, who lost her husband recently. The Deacon of the Week is Scott Stober (660) 473-9113.
Quilters & Crafters: On February 27th, the sewing group will meet from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Bring your projects, supplies, sewing machine, and questions for fun, fellowship, and learning. Social distancing will be observed. Call Pat Breon for more information at (918) 906-1037.
AV Technicians Wanted: If you would consider working in our sound room, we have an opening for an individual who would be willing to give us a hand. Please contact the church office if you are interested at (660) 747-7196.
Have a great week,